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View Poll Results: Which city is more Urban
Chicago 114 79.17%
Los Angeles 30 20.83%
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: The City
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If by metro I would say LA with larger mass and more continuity

In the cores, would probably give the edge to Chicago as the developed density appears greater to me

Both are among the most concentrated and largest in the US (like #2/3)

The 50 densest American metropolitan areas, by weighted density - Austin Contrarian
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Mexico city may have a denser population than Chicago but i wouldn't call it more urban.
Then what would you call it? What definition of urban would you be working with that would have Chicago be more urban than Mexico City?
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Who picked LA over Chicago as more urban.....come on now
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Who picked LA over Chicago as more urban.....come on now
I haven't voted yet but there are a few reasons to vote for Los Angeles - for example if you are going by the entire metro area (not sure how you could argue Chicagoland is more urban than Greater LA) or you find the multi-nodal layout of Los Angeles to be more impressive and/or urban than the core-centric layout of Chicago.

It really isn't that crazy to vote for Los Angeles.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Mexico city may have a denser population than Chicago but i wouldn't call it more urban.
I would call Mexico City much denser and much more urban than Chicago. Have you been there?

7-8 miles from downtown Chicago, you're already in the bungalow belt, which is typical inner-suburban, where everyone lives in a single family house. 7-8 miles out from Mexico City looks the exact same as the middle of downtown (highrise apartments everywhere, density and concrete everywhere).
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Who picked LA over Chicago as more urban.....come on now
Downtown vs. Downtown, or Metro vs. Metro? Comparing downtowns, obviously Chicago, but comparing metros, obviously LA.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Who picked LA over Chicago as more urban.....come on now
It'd make sense if you set the threshold for what qualifies as urban (in terms of amenities, population/retail density, etc.) lower where LA has urban, but not that urban, stretches in larger quantities. It's arguable in some ways. Given what development trends have been for the last decade or so, it'll be arguable in many other ways in a decade or so (2023/2024 adjusting for how long it will actually take for LA to get the regional connector, expo and gold line phases, crenshaw line up, westside subway extension partially built, union station run-through tracks and continuing rezoning and infill throughout the core and adjacent areas).
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:23 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I'd go with Chicago, but a Chicago with a core of 1950 Chicago without the decay and decline of much of the inner neighborhoods it would be no contest.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Chicago = The quintessential old city that shows what urban density is.

Los Angeles = The new city that brings sprawl to a whole new level.

These cities have almost nothing in common in terms of urbanity. That much is obvious, or so I thought.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Los Angeles is built up well into the suburbs in density but doesnt have that dense core feel. Chicago is well built up i nthe city and the inner ring suburbs and has the dense urban vibe but outside of that is very spread out and suburban. Los Angeles metro area to me is a huge collection of dense suburbs while chicago is a small collection of dense cities and then a small collection of not very dense suburbs.
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